Roland Garros 2017

A few tips for your day at Roland Garros

You managed to get French Open tickets? Here are a few tips to help you have the best of day at Roland Garros. Some advices might sound obvious, but forewarned is forearmed!

Be prepared

– verify you assigned correctly the name of the ticket holder on each ticket
– don’t forget your ID or passport with the name matching the name on your ticket
– check out the list of prohibited items: no cans, no glass bottles, no bottle over 1,5l, no stroller…
– check out weather predictions and prepare your bag accordingly
– bring some food and some water bottles you can refill at the drinking fountains
– print the order of play and write down the matches you’d like to watch
– have a look at the map of the grounds, and spot where the information stands, restrooms and drinking fountains are located
– follow @MyRG on twitter to know what’s going on inside the stadium

In the queue

– arrive early, you might have to queue a bit to enter the stadium (I had to queue 40 minutes the last days of the qualies)
– you can’t access directly your gate, you have to go through a security checkpoint before arriving at your gate and go through bag check, metal detector and body check
– be nice and polite with security guards, they’re only doing their job
– don’t jump the queue: 1. you’ll look like an asshole 2. people will make you understand (more or less nicely) where the queue starts 3. security guards will make you understand where the queue starts

In the stadium

– pick up Roland Garros daily program: it’s free, usually located near your entry gate and features the order of play, a map of the grounds, the schedule of animations…
– if you have any question, go to the information stand (near the Lenglen and the Chatrier)
– don’t lose your countermark ticket, especially in you have a seat on one of the show courts, you need to show it to the hostess to enter the court
– if you have a bit of time, have a walk around the grounds, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere and you might also see players at practice

Watching matches

– don’t take someone else’s seat. If someone took your seat, gently say: excusez-moi c’est ma place, and show him/her your seat number on your ticket
– put your mobile phone on silent
– if you’re a newbie tennis fan, I urge you to read Grandslamgal’s tennis spectator etiquette
– applaud the ball boys, linesmen and umpire when they enter the court
– you might be surprised that the crowd tends to boo and whistle a lot, sometimes you won’t understand why, and they probably don’t know why either
– the crowd likes its mexican wave too, sometimes they do la ola because they have fun and enjoy the match and sometimes because they are so bored they want to have some action
– don’t forget your bags when you leave your seat

To end up this post, a few usueful French words:
bonjour hello
s’il vous plaît please
merci thanks
droite right
gauche left
les toilettes restrooms
parlez vous anglais? do you speak English?
où est ma place s’il vous plaît? where is my seat please?

Enjoy your day at Roland Garros, and please share your story and pictures.

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